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At least three Amtrak passengers were killed and dozens more were injured when a train derailed in Montana on Saturday.
The fatalities were confirmed by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, Reuters reported.
Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in a statement to Granthshala News that Amtrak was working with local officials to “move the injured passengers” and “evacuate all other passengers safely.”
The statement read:
“Around 4 a.m. MT, Empire Builder Train 7/27 derailed five cars near Joplin, Montana. About 147 passengers and 13 crew members are reported to be injured. Amtrak is working with local authorities to transport the injured passengers and rescue all other passengers. Additional details will be made available.”
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Images from the scene of the accident shared on social media show cars of the train overturned and then dozens of people in the vicinity. The derailed on the Empire Builder Line, which runs between Seattle and Chicago, with a stop in Spokane, Washington.
A local news director reported that passengers were “trapped” inside.
The incident happened between Havre and Shelby stops in Montana.
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